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To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen.


v. sensi·tized, sensi·tizing, sensi·tizes
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.

sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
sen′si·tiz′er n.


To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen

Patient discussion about sensitize

Q. I had cataract surgery with iol implant, and ever since I have awful light sensitivity. Any ideas? I can't go into a "super store" without my sunglasses. My eyes ache at the end of the day. My doctor says "I don't know!"

A. May sound a bit silly question, but have you tried to consult your ophthalmologist (eye doctor, e.g. the one that performed the operation) about it? Cataract surgery, although considered very successful, isn't problem-free. Primary physician may not have the necessary specialization to deal with these subjects.

Q. I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses? what are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia and can they be aggravated? I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses?

A. Great answeer...couldn't agree more!

Q. when my aunt went through chemo (for colon cancer) her palms became VERY sensitive and had a burning feeling is there any way to prevent this from happening to my mom who is starting her chemo now? If not, what it the best treatment for it?

A. What you describe sounds like peripheral neuropathy, a well known side effect of platinum chemotherapy which is used for colon cancer. Several measures, including giving infusion of calcium and magnesium, and glutathione were found to reduce the rate of this complication, although further studies are necessary.

However, the information is only general advice, since I haven't examined your mother so if you have any questions about this subject, it may be wise to consult a doctor (e.g. oncologist).

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1% for strong sensitizers; other sensitizers stay at 1%.
This assay is based on the understanding that in order to provoke a cascade of immune response to generate antibodies; the sensitizing compound or the essential part in the molecule that is recognized as the sensitizer must bind to a protein carrier.
The study found women with type 2 diabetes experienced a 21-percent lower risk of cancer if they took an insulin sensitizer compared to similar women who took an insulin secretagogue.
This may be attributed partially to an improvement in insulin resistance, and other metabolic and nonmetabolic actions of insulin sensitizers also may be contributing.
In recent years, DFT has been successfully used to study the structures and absorption spectra of sensitizers for DSSCs [4, 16-34].
Photofrin[R] (dihematoporphyrin ether), available for 30 years in its commercial form, and hematoporphyrin derivatives (HPDs) are referred to as first-generation sensitizers.
Thus, a scientific basis of calculation the PDT dose can be provided by studying the photobleaching of sensitizers (Potter et al.
In a separate meta-analysis in the same issue of the journal, the same group of researchers found only weak evidence of effectiveness for metformin and other insulin sensitizers in the treatment of hirsutism (Cosma Met al.
The contact sensitizers 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene-sulfonic acid (TNBS), 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB), Ni[SO.
The company's clinical program is focused on developing next-generation insulin sensitizers that lower blood glucose without the serious safety and tolerability issues associated with currently marketed products.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A growing body of evidence suggests that insulin sensitizers may avert cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease, Suzanne Craft, Ph.